Ryan Flowers

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Review: More Hand-Carried QRP Antennas

Ever since I restarted with ham radio in 2016, I have looked up to Peter Parker, VK3YE. His extensive coverage of various topics on his YouTube channel was inspiring, and you can see his influence throughout These Pages, such as the VK3YE inspired L-Match tuner. My own perception of QRP radio was greatly influenced by …

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JS8Call is Growing: You can help!

JS8Call is growing, and you can help! Learn about the latest changes and how any FT8 user can make a difference with JS8Call

Ready for a new PC? Now’s a Good Time!

If you’re anything like me, you wait until you just can’t use your old computer anymore because it’s too slow- then you upgrade with the least expensive parts possible. I did this in 2018, and I kind of wish I’d have waited! Why? When I built my new PC I got an AMD Ryzen 5 …

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QSX Update and Winter Project Ideas

Most of us have been waiting patiently for the QSX, but some have been waiting a little less patiently. Unfortunately this has put a lot of pressure on Hans over at QRP Labs, but he’s stood his ground: It’ll be ready when it’s ready, because quality comes first. And to that we say, bravo! Given …

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QRP-Labs goes QRO!

QRP Labs has announced a new kit: A 50W Amplifier for the QCX series of CW transceivers! And get this: It’s only $29.50! Given the cost of much of the lousy kits available on ebay and other importer sites that hardly have any instructions, this is a fantastic deal. It’s a Class C amp suitable …

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Why Windows 10 is my Desktop OS of Choice

In the comments section of a recent Hackaday.com article about some Windows 10 updates, there was a lively discussion taking place regarding the merits of using Linux instead of Windows 10. Many sung the woes of how awful Windows 10 is, how bad the updates are, and how switching to Linux saved them in some …

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The Phaser: A Digital Only QRP Radio Kit

Recently we looked at a digital DSB transceiver kit for FT8 that’s been making the rounds, and talked about the pros and cons of such a design. There’s also been discussion about the DSB digital FT8 rigs on several groups.io and Facebook groups. Another vendor has entered into the arena of digital-only QRP radios. It …

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Jackite Pole Wind Handling, and a Tour

Over a year ago, we reviewed the Jackite 31′ antenna pole in This Post. It’s been some time since then, and you might wonder: How’s it holding up? Check the video below, and then go buy your new Jackite 31′ antenna pole Here should you feel so inclined. Also, look below for another video. This …

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BITX40 VFO/BFO with Arduino

Last year I wrote that Arduino was so easy, but I didn’t really follow up on that. A few days ago, RC (KE6BGN) commented that he was wondering if any progress had been made on the Arduino based VFO/BFO for the BITX40. There has been, and I have made a short video for your viewing …

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The Bitx Easy: More Details Emerge!

5/10/20: Updated information here: https://miscdotgeek.com/bitx-easy-more-details-tentative-pricing-and-release-date/ In a recent post “The BITX40 is dead. Long Live the BITX40!” we talked about the demise of the HFSignals.com version of the BITX40, and offered some details about a different BITX kit that is coming out soon: The Bitx Easy. We’ve been able to get some more details about …

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